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Superintendent Calls Court Decision Partial Win

KSAL Staff - March 7, 2014 5:15 pm

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Salina USD 305 Superintendent Dr. Bill Hall says that Friday’s supreme court ruling on school funding is a win for children across the state, but he cautions that it is a “partial win”.

Supreme court justices ordered the Legislature to boost two kinds of aid to school districts by July 1. It returned the case to Shawnee County District Court for more hearings on how much the state must spend overall to provide for all children have an adequate education.

Superintendent Hall tells KSAL News that it is a “partial win in respect to equity”. Hall said that the ruling restores state funding for capital outlay, and funding for local option budgets, and that is a win.

Hall goes on to say, though, that the court did not define what is an adequate education, which has a significant impact on base state aid. Instead, it left that decision up to a Shawnee County court.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 on behalf of parents and school districts who argued the state had harmed students because spending cuts resulted in lower test scores.

State attorneys maintained that legislators did their best to minimize cuts to education.

Kevin Griep

March 8, 2014 at 1:19 am

We should move to an all private school society. Tax payers should not have the burden of paying for all the costs of schooling others, including sports programs and the like. Tax breaks for dependents should also be done away with. Why should those that are single or married without children have to absorb the costs for their education when they dont get to claim them as their dependents? If people “choose” to have children they should take full responsibility for the expense of doing so. I’m all for free choice on the matter, I just think those costs should not be spread to those that choose not to have children. Just saying.

Kevin Griep

March 8, 2014 at 1:20 am

We should move to an all private school society. Tax payers should not have the burden of paying for all the costs of schooling others, including sports programs and the like. Tax breaks for dependents should also be done away with. Why should those that are single or married without children have to absorb the costs for their education when they dont get to claim them as their dependents? If people “choose” to have children they should take full responsibility for the expense of doing so. I’m all for free choice on the matter, I just think those costs should not be spread to those that choose not to have children. Just saying.

Dave Thomas

March 9, 2014 at 8:44 am

Society benefits from having educated doctors, engineers, chemists, etc. Education is everyone responsibility, not just those who have children. Public schools are what made America great.

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